Susan began her nursing education at the BC Institute of Technology in 1976. Many years later she graduated from the UBC School of Nursing doctoral program, after completing an MSN degree at Gonzaga University and MBA degree at UBC. Susan worked on the Burn Unit at Vancouver General Hospital for 5 years, and later led a community-based health promotion team in the Okanagan valley. She taught for three years at the University of New Brunswick, and has been with the UBC School of Nursing since 2001.
In addition to her enthusiasm for child development, health services, and psychometric research, Susan identifies two major passions in her academic career: international engagement and supporting graduate students as they develop into the research and practice leaders of tomorrow. Susan led the School’s global health and international engagement committee for 8 years, and has a 15-year history of working in Punjab, India to support the advancement of nursing education and research at the Guru Nanak College of Nursing and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. In addition to her work in India, she has worked with educators and researchers in Pakistan, Uganda, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Susan has supervised (as principal supervisor or committee member) the thesis research of 37 doctoral and masters students, and identifies this as the most satisfying of all of her varied roles. She is also grateful for the opportunity she had to support graduate students through her role as Coordinator of the MSN program.